SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some Californians who lost parents or spouses in the Sept. 11 attacks were unaware of a scholarship program funded by fees from a specialty memorial license plate, while millions of dollars from the plates went to plug the state's persistent budget deficits.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is dropping his attempt to shield California's high-speed rail project from possible environmental challenges - at least for now.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will close its projected $15.7 billion budget deficit by restructuring the state's welfare program, streamlining health insurance for low-income children, and reducing child care coverage and college aid, as part of a deal Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California could see a record number of scorching days by mid-century as climate change heats up its cities, deserts and coastline, according to a study released Thursday.
CHOWCHILLA (AP) - One of three men who kidnapped a busload of California school children has been released from prison after more than 35 years behind bars.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California lawyer who achieved national notoriety for advising clients to break into and reoccupy their foreclosed homes is facing the loss of his law license, the State Bar of California announced Thursday.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders announced a deal Thursday for closing out remaining issues in California's budget. The governor demanded deeper cuts to help deal with the state's projected $15.7 billion deficit after lawmakers passed a $92 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
MAN HELPS ELDERLY WOMAN NAB ROBBERY SUSPECT: OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland carpenter is being credited with helping a 90-year-old woman catch a robbery suspect who allegedly knocked her down outside a convenience store and stole her wallet.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge on Wednesday denied a defense request to try a Northern California teen charged with stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini separately for another crime in which he allegedly shot at a teenaged girl and her boyfriend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will make steady gains in employment and its jobless rate will dip below double digits next year as the housing market finally halts its plunge, UCLA forecasters said Wednesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland officials have approved a $1 billion deal to transform a former U.S. Army base into a state-of-the-art distribution center that's expected to create thousands of jobs.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The priest at the heart of an assault trial testified Wednesday that he never molested the man accused of assaulting him.
NOOSE FOUND ON DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL GOAL POST: DAVIS (AP) - City leaders in Davis are angrily denouncing the hanging of a noose at a local high school while police search for whoever was responsible.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashton Kutcher's production company is suing because it isn't being allowed to spend more time at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Drops of rain fell on Josephine Miller's 1920s bungalow - a watery relief in the midst of a punishing drought. Instead of flowing into storm drains and washing out to sea, an oversized tank harvested the precious resource to keep her thirsty citrus trees and vegetables from shriveling up on dry days.
FRESNO (AP) - California's tenacious drought is imperiling the tricolored blackbird in the Central Valley.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Pilots flying over the world's largest solar power plant in the Mojave Desert have complained of nearly blinding glare from the sun's reflection off its vast array of mirrors.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unnamed Silicon Valley billionaire has purchased the world's most valuable life insurance policy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have long known that long before hipsters and tourists were crowding Los Angeles' trendy Miracle Mile district, prehistoric animals were doing the same.
SAN LEANDRO (AP) - A Northern California man was "egosurfing" Google when a search of his name yielded a startling result: He was wanted by police.
STOCKTON (AP) - A state appellate court has ruled that California water officials cannot go onto private property for soil testing and other studies related to construction of two massive tunnels that would siphon water from the Sacramento River.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project won permission Friday from a separate state board to begin eminent domain proceedings against eight properties in Fresno that are needed to build the line's initial segment.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced Friday that he's abandoning an attempt to place an initiative on the November state ballot that would have enabled governments in California to cut future pension benefits for current workers.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - A teenage father in Northern California is under arrest after police say he bit the nose off his 1-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant's crying.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly threatened to shoot a random pedestrian if his Twitter post was retweeted a hundred times.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers have ordered an audit to look into a state agency's handling of unemployment claims and why so many are denied.
FRESNO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay Area men were in custody on suspicion of manufacturing and selling large quantities of explosives, authorities said Thursday.